About the course
When you train with the Catholic Teaching Alliance you will gain a PGCE with QTS. Our programme is run in partnership with the University of Cumbria. Alongside school based training, you will also undertake two 30-credit masters level modules, to gain a PGCE. These modules are practically focused and titled ‘Raising the Achievement of Children’ and ‘High Quality Learning and Teaching’, both are designed to focus on your priorities and interests as you develop your teaching skills. They involve a total of 3 written assessments, one of which is a formative piece to support your academic development. These modules are taught by the University of Cumbria lecturers, who work closely with our school direct programme team, to ensure that theory and practice are closely entwined to really inform your teaching and give you a useful toolkit to take forward in your career.
All of our interviews take place in a local school setting, led by our Initial Teacher Training Lead. You are required to complete three tasks –
- Mini teach – You will be informed prior to the interview day about the age of the children and the curriculum area that is the focus. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your ability to plan an age appropriate task, linked to an area of the curriculum, whilst managing the behaviour of a small group. Your rapport with the children will also be observed.
- A written task based on a body of research. You will be asked a question relating to an extract and given time to consider your response before the interview date. You will then have 25 minutes to write out your answer on the day of the interview.
- Interview - The final part of the process is an interview which will allow the interviewers to gauge your ability and potential to complete the course.
How school placements work
When you train with the Catholic Teaching Alliance your placements are in our Catholic Alliance schools . You are assigned a ‘Home School’ where you will have the opportunity to observe and reflect first hand on quality teaching across all key stages and will complete two four week placements: one in Key Stage 1 and one in Key Stage 2. Throughout your time in the ‘Home School’ you will have the chance to involve yourself in school life, develop your ability to manage other people within the classroom and essential skills to enable you to confidently plan, deliver and reflect on sequences of lessons across the curriculum.
Your final ‘Extending' placement will, generally, be in a contrasting setting, in a Key Stage of your choice. When you train with CTA throughout all of your placements you will be supported by a trained mentor within the school and supported by our Initial Teaching Training Lead (ITTL) who will ensure that you have every support to enable you to achieve success.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Minimum requirements -
2:2 Honours Degree
English, Mathematics and Science at GCSE level at Grade ‘C’ or above, or equivalent.
Successful completion of Numeracy and Literacy Skills tests.
Passion, professionalism and purpose.
We are looking for people who have an ability to inspire others, a passion to transform young lives and a willingness to learn the profession of teaching from outstanding practitioners.
Inspire others, transform lives, teach.
A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Background clearance check prior to starting the course.
Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course.
We strongly recommend that you obtain some primary school experience in a mainstream UK primary school.
About the training provider
‘Aspirational training to achieve inspirational teachers with pupils’ learning and well-being at the heart of our partnership’
Our unique approach to fostering a positive environment where each trainee is known to us as an individual remains one of our greatest strengths and one of the main reasons prospective trainees choose us.
The Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) is underpinned by a shared passion to train and develop outstanding and inspirational teachers who are highly employable and dedicated professionals. We aim to deliver the Catholic school leaders of tomorrow. You do not have to be a Catholic to train with us, though you will be expected to uphold the Catholic values of our family of schools. The Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) is a partnership of over 60 primary, secondary and post 16 establishments based mainly in the Dioceses of Lancaster, Liverpool and Salford. The lead school is Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Preston, ‘Outstanding’ in all categories from Ofsted in 2012 and a National Teaching School from 2014.
School Direct placements across the partnership ensure that trainees work alongside outstanding practitioners within high performing Catholic schools. We use the best qualified staff with existing expertise to deliver a quality assured training programme to support trainees based upon the Teachers’ Standards. By doing so, we are confident in ensuring quality training at all levels. Typically, 100% of our trainees graduate with Good or Outstanding grades.
We can offer support and guidance with your application at our frequent 'Drop - in' information sessions.
About the accredited body
The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCE) in Secondary and General Primary Education Programme offers an opportunity to receive inspirational training. This full time course enables students to focus on their specialist area or subject whilst, at the same time, helping them to understand and participate in the wider aspects of school. As it is a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, it entails work at Masters Level (level 7). This recognises the high levels achieved by students on this Programme and rewards this with Masters-level credits. 'Pedagogy for Learning' days are based at the Lancaster campus or at our training centre in Preston.
Training with disabilities and other needs
All our students have access to University of Cumbria support as well as that offered within our school direct alliance. Much of this university-based support is available online and electronically and so is accessible at a distance.
Library and Student Services (LiSS) at the University of Cumbria supports your learning, teaching and research needs by providing pro-active, academically focused services, innovative learning spaces and modern facilities. LiSS is responsible for libraries, information advice and guidance, careers guidance and employability, enhancement and information, academic skills development, student health and wellbeing, disability services and student development. For more details please refer to www.cumbria.ac.uk/liss.
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St Anthony's Drive, Fulwood, Preston PR2 3SQ
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